What fills your mind?
What fills your mind? What do you think about? What do you hear, see and get involved in? What do you spend your time on? And how will that affect you? How will that affect your eternity? How does that affect your relationship with God?
I’m hoping this blog will go well with the recent video sermon I gave on not ever becoming desensitized by the world and by evil – or jaded, or as scripture even puts it, “past feeling”. We see Satan’s world – not God’s world – changing so fast that I fear too many believers just don’t care anymore as much as we should. Please check out that sermon.
Plus, we may have been allowing ourselves to expose our minds and thoughts to movies, thoughts, discussions, arguments, debates and even news that don’t comport to what we’re told to be spending our time on. I’ve too often been guilty of that too, and that is why I did that study. And after a while, we start saying things like “there’s nothing I can do about it”, or “that’s just the way things are” or “we have to get used to these changes. They’re here to stay”. . . . as if we believers don’t have any power, or shouldn’t speak up or do or say anything. So we become desensitized. I hope you’ll watch/hear that sermon.
The end-time church is described as the church where Christ is “at the door, knocking” – trying to get more into our lives. He calls it Laodicean. They were a lukewarm church who thought they weren’t so bad. In fact they say they are rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing – physically and spiritually. They definitely were becoming blinded to their true spiritual condition – and at times, that can describe you and me if we don’t keep our guard up.
What DO you put into your mind? Remember the old GIGO that I.T. and computer programmers used to talk about: “Garbage in, garbage out”. Our minds are designed to absorb and be influenced by everything we allow into it. I am becoming much more discriminatory about what I decide to watch, see or hear – because we are, we become what we think about and what we absorb – probably way, way more than most of us realize.
So the reverse is true also. If we put inspiring, inspirational, clean thoughts, uplifting ideas and encouraging tidbits into our minds, guess what will most likely come out?
Satan’s world (2 Cor. 4:4) likes to tell us that if you’re really “adult” or “mature” – you will be able to handle the violence and gore, the nudity and lewdness, the profanity and foul vulgarity, the lies, smears, insults and meanness that fills so many of our movies and shows.
Don’t buy into that. Don’t. I’ve been urging some of my relatives – nephews, etc. – to give up the violent video games for example.
It’s long been known that what one imagines in detail is imbedded on the brain as much as if you did that thing you were imagining and picturing in your mind, in detail.
Does that make a lot clearer then why Yeshua says that if we hate someone in our heart, we have just as well murdered that person? Have you ever thought, “I am SO FURIOUS at so-and-so that I could just kill him!”? That’s what Yeshua’s talking about. Matthew 521-26. Please open up your Bible and read it for yourself. He says to reconcile with someone we’re at odds with. He says don’t even finish praying until you’ve taken steps to be reconciled.
Or he also said if we lust after a woman as we mentally undress someone – and beyond – we have in our hearts already committed adultery. Satan’s world’s movies make it so easy to hate someone, kill someone, get in bed sexually with someone first in our hearts – and then the actual acts are much easier once we’ve had a few “mental run-throughs”. See Matthew 5:27-28.
Well, this time let’s read it: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
What are we to do when we see our minds and hearts sinning?
We are to take drastic measures. That’s the hard part. Keep reading Matthew 5:29-30. To apply this, that would mean completely changing our habits, the movies and shows we watch and all of that. He clearly states that if we don’t, we could end up in a lot of trouble. He says, “cast into hell”. Yep, that’s what Yeshua himself says. That’s how serious this is.
So guess what Satan does with his world? He makes it real easy to be jaded by evil because we start hearing, seeing, and participating through movies and shows as we let our minds wallow in all this garbage.
Do a quick check of what you like to watch and listen to. Am I talking about you too?
Didn’t Yeshua (Jesus) himself also tell us that out of our MINDS (he said “our hearts”) comes good and bad? So what we put in, does come out.
Mark 7:21-23 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
It’s what comes from within, he says. How do those things get within us? And does his list describe the shows, videos and movies we watch and participate in?
Remember too that Paul tells us God will destroy whoever defiles his temple, which temple we are! (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). We are to be God’s holy temple, for God and Christ actually reside inside us by their Spirit (John 14:23).
So what does scripture clearly tell us to think about?
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Can you quickly go to a scripture that makes it real plain what we’re supposed to think about? Remember that
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
King David said he would set no vile thing before him (Psalm 101:3).
Forget Academy Awards movies if they don’t match those requirements. What is highly esteemed among men is often abominable to God (Luke 16:15). We are to TEST all things to be sure they comport to God’s requirements. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says we are to “test all things and hold fast to that which is good.”
Scripture is clear. You know now what to focus on. Things that are depicting truth, noble actions, righteousness, purity, things that are lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy.
Romans 12:9 says to “abhor evil. Cling to that which is good.”
Does that describe you and me? I intend it to describe me much more in the coming days and years. Will you join me? When we put on the Armor of God every morning (we are doing that, aren’t we?), we protect our hearts with the “breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14).
I know, I know, if you follow God’s instructions, you’ve just radically changed what you used to enjoy watching. So I’ll add this: ask God to change your heart and mind to no longer enjoy watching or hearing sin. And certainly don’t allow it inside your own home – whether by neighbors who cuss and swear, or by what YOU turn on with your TV!
But remember this too: God’s children should not enjoy watching sinners sin.
We certainly shouldn’t pay to go see evil being enacted before our eyes! But even “free” on TV is exacting a TERRIBLE cost to you. It’s not worth it. Become very selecting what you decide to focus on. And you don’t ever have to defend why you’re doing that. Stand up for purity and righteousness and speak out against depravity and evil.
And do please watch and hear the sermon on “Don’t be desensitized”. I will be coming out with more sermons soon about how we’re called to Holiness and purity.